Logistics is an extremely dynamic industry that connects producers and consumers via an extensive supply chain that utilizes different types of transportation, especially trucks.
A semi-truck with no attached trailer at the time is called a “Bobtail truck” or “Bobtailing.” It is hard to imagine transporting freight without Bobtailing.
The Bobtail truck doesn’t have any cargo, which means it’s not able to earn money for the owner.
Types of Bobtail Trucks
Semi-Truck (also known as Running Bobtail Truck):
A “running Bobtail” truck is a smaller semi-trucks that does not come with a trailer. Semi-trucks are composed of two primary components; the tractor unit and the trailer. A fifth-wheel-type hitch joins the trailer to the tractor unit.
Smaller Bobtail Truck
Usually, medium to small-sized trucks, these trucks feature all their axles attached on the same frame. If they travel without an attached trailer, they’re known as “small bobtails.”
The vehicle’s use is usually restricted to light or medium-weighted items.
Straight Propane Truck
Smaller trucks can be converted into propane-powered trucks by fitting a tank specially designed to the rear bed of the truck.
These tanks with a rounded shape can keep a steady temperature and pressure throughout the journey and possess a capacity of around 500 Gallons.
These kinds of trucks contribute significantly to the supply of gasoline or propane to auto dealers.